How to Hire a Business Development Officer

Does your growing business need a business development officer? A business development officer adds to your marketing team by helping with negotiation sales and pitching business tips to investors. A business development officer using their understanding of marketing and business analytics to put together proposals and win you over clients.

Here are some tips to help you find great business development officer candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $21.07 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.00$76.00 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Business Development Officer?

Hiring a business development officer can be a great addition to your team. They support your marketing department by interacting with and assisting clients. In addition to this, they are actively helping to bring in more business – effectively growing your company.

Contributions of a great business development officer:

• Negotiating sales
• Preparing sales pitches
• Actively seeking business opportunities

Skills to look for in a great Business Development Officer

A great business development officer candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Experience in marketing field
• Lead generation experience
• Knowledgeable about negotiation techniques
• Ability to multitask
• Well spoken
• Able to work under tight deadlines

Writing a Business Development Officer job description

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for business development officer jobs, such as:

• Chief Business Development Officer
• Business Development Officer
• Senior Business Development Officer

Interviewing Business Development Officer candidates

Strong candidates for business development officer positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Marketing research techniques
• Process for creating proposals
• Experience pitching to investors

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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